What is the co-conspirator rule with regard to hearsay?

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The coconspirator rule with regard to hearsay is an exception to the general rule that hearsay evidence may not be admitted during a trial.

The coconspirator rule allows a certain type hearsay evidence to be admitted in a trial.  Under this rule, hearsay evidence is admissible if it is being offered by a person who was a coconspirator with the defendant in the trial.  So long as the two people were part of the same conspiracy, and so long as the actions or statements were made in connection with the conspiracy, the hearsay evidence can be used against the defendant.